Faces: Ecuador

 

2017 has been a roller coaster of a year, for many humans around the world and for me, personally. One such change that has drastically allowed me to view life differently (for the better), is to have no expectations. This practice has brought me many wonders and permitted me to appreciate smaller less noticeable experiences and relationships. Therefore, I decided to take my perspective and apply it to a country, and what an unexpected enchanting verdant gem I stumbled upon. I knew little of Ecuador (I must admit I failed to do my research prior), I simply landed and received everything with naivety and a baby like curiosity. I flew in when it was nighttime and all I saw of Quito were tremendous patches of black, dotted with elongated windy yellowish streetlights. All I could think of was… where is Quito? And why is everything so spread out?

Unlike most cities, Quito isn’t one single congregated city, but rather spread out over, around, and behind the Andes. The uniqueness of its geography grants astonishing sights, especially the mountains and volcanos. From its reserved and tender people to its roaring diversity, from blistering cold mountaintops to its rich jungle and calming beaches, it is safe to say Ecuador was an extremely pleasant surprise.

Things I noticed/enjoyed: 

  • Babies, many many babies waddling while sticking their little tongues out
    • Well, that only happened once, and he was sitting, but it made me smile and do a weird cutesie squeal 
  • Oswaldo Guayasamín 
  • Its abundance of schools and hospitals
  • Beautiful long shiny hair, often braided with thick colorful threads of wool 
  • Alpaca everything and llamas spitting 
  • Greenery everywhere, most noticeably environmentally loving country I’ve been to
    • Disclaimer: That I’ve been to, this comment has absolutely no scientific research backing it up
  • The tenacious women, with their hardworking character and simultaneously coated with a motherly nature 
  • My very first exposure to no shame public breastfeeding! With NO stigma!!!
  • I highly recommend spending many evenings in Quito’s historical streets, volcanos are worth breaking your sweat and heaving for gulps of oxygen (I promise), and many of its towns and cities have an incredible charm that will surely extend anyone’s stay
  • I really dislike the cold, but for all the reasons mentioned, Ecuador’s mountain climate didn’t bother me the slightest 
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This was one of the sights I enjoyed the most upon my arrival to Quito. Sleeping older people in the plaza. One after the other. 
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And playing card games. 
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And selling lottery tickets. 
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And of course, preaching to the choir about the youngest generation being doomed and a nearing apocalypse. 

 

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La Virgen de El Panecillo: The story, as I remember it, before the Spaniards conquered (and raped, pillaged, and destroyed), there was a statue of the God of Sun praised by the Quitus, but alas I will fast forward and of course it was removed. Even more fast-forwarding La Virgen was commissioned to be built in 1976.  

 

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Preaching to the pigeons and humans of the plaza. Also would like to note, many men in Ecuador grow out their brilliant black hair and it is absolutely incredible. The social constructs of the culture do not reprimand them for looking “feminine” etc. 
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Babies babies so many babies everywhere! 

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Along the way, I’ve also met many people from different countries. Yes, it sounds cliché, but it’s fascinating that I am not only learning about the countries I visit, but also from the travelers’ respective homes. 

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The women of the Sierra are extremely hard working and often seen selling goods in the streets, lugging babies on their backs. Many speak Quechua, the language of the Incan empire.
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The traditional outfits of the Sierra women include: A beautiful sturdy hat (pricey too) a beaded golden necklace with many layers, a shawl or sweater, a midi skirt with tights, and either flat black shoes or heels. 

 

 

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